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Franco-German alliance RISING: Merkron plot 'BIGGEST armament plan imaginable' in Europe

THE rebirth of the Franco-German power base has been cemented as it was revealed France and Germany will together build a next generation fighter dubbed “the biggest armament project imaginable in Europe”.

By REBECCA PERRING  PUBLISHED: 06:36, Wed, Jul 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 08:12, Wed, Jul 19, 2017

THE rebirth of the Franco-German power base has been cemented and will form the face of the EU from here onThe shock announcement of a joint defence programme between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron marks the shifting of tectonic plates of power within the bloc, with the two countries re-emerging as the driving force of the European Union (EU). 

The move has been described as “a twofold rejection: of the US and the United Kingdom” as Germany and France attempt to reassert their authority over Britain in the wake of Brexit

A report by the the German Council on Foreign Relations said the programme to build the aircraft, which would succeed the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon, signals a “truly autonomous defence industry in Europe”. 

Merkel and Macron are emerging as dominant powers in the EU

The programme has been described as a rejection of the US and UK

It asserts Franco-German leadership in the EU and underlines the willingness of both countries to make progress in European defence

It reads: “It asserts Franco-German leadership in the EU and underlines the willingness of both countries to make progress in European defence. 

“Germany and France are preserving the chance of building a truly autonomous defence industry in Europe, which would otherwise depend increasingly on US arms. European autonomy is thus getting one step closer. 

“With this decision, Macron and Merkel underline that they consider themselves pioneers by initiating a step change.

“By announcing the joint fighter jet project, they have given a European defence policy, which so far consisted of loose declarations of intent, tangible (industrial) credibility. 

“And they are offering a concrete project that others can join. After getting this off the ground, Berlin and Paris can rightfully expect that other countries shake up their national restraints and either participate or even Europeanise their own projects.” 

Just as we see from this news article, France and Germany following BREXIT will lead the EU in Britains absence in fulfillment of Bible Prophecy. The EU will move closer together eventually becoming a SUPERSTATE with a dominant FEDERAL GOVERNMENT described in the Bible as a Beast System due to its amalgamation of different countries and peoples into one State with one Voice.  Along with this development we expect to see Russia become more involved in Europe with links to a combined army.  Again it's interesting that they see the development of a EU Army as an important next step.

The Land of Magog

So WATCH this development as it is a sure sign that we are living in the last days before Christ's Return.  

This EU SUPERSTATE will along with Russia enter into a final conflict with Israel and the Middle East.  Germany is the key country in what Bible Prophecy refers to as the land of "Magog". They are spoken of militarily as the "King of the North".  Together the Bible says that Russia and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.  So Bible Students expect to see Germany and France taking a greater role in leading Europe.  It is also interesting to see Germany taking greater control of a continent they tried to take by war and failed.

Yet again we see in Todays News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible. 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE TRUTH

Is Bible Truth important to your Faith and Salvation ie. will you be saved despite what you believe the bible teaches or does it matter what you believe?

Well the word “truth” appears 237 times in the bible, that alone says it must be important!

Therefore it must be important to understand what “truth” is.

A quick scan of the passages using this word “truth” leave us in no doubt that it is not only important, but vital to our salvation.

John 17:3

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20

20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:3-4

3For thisis good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Clearly then knowing what is Bible Truth is important and vital, in addition to this we are also warned that some would depart from the “truth”…

1 Timothy 4:1

1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry,and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 John 4:6

6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

From these passages it is very clear that we need to know the “truth” about God and His Son as it is taught to us in the Bible.  This means we must learn what this is from the Bible itself.

 

Don't let your HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL rest with someone else eg. your pastor or minister, YOU owe it to yourself and your family to be fully convinced of what it is you believe to be sure it HOLDS something REAL for you.

We have all been warned by God that there would be many false teachers and Jesus himself has told us that "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  See Matthew 7:14

 

Sadly when Christ returns to this earth, many will only then realise that they have believed in lies Jeremiah 16:19

"19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."

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“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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Is the DEVIL a SUPERNATURAL Being?

Is the Devil a Supernatural Being?

Is the Devil a Supernatural Being?Many religions believe there is a monster called the Devil or Satan, who is the originator of all problems and is responsible for the sins we commit. But the Bible teaches that God is all-powerful and that the Angels cannot sin.

This means it is impossible that there is any supernatural being that is opposed to God. We are questioning the supremacy of God Almighty by believing that such a being does exist.

The Source of Evil

There is a belief that good things come from God and bad things from the Devil or Satan. The ancient Babylonians believed in a god of good, and a god of evil. God's response was "I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God beside me … I form the light and create darkness, I make peace, and create calamity: I the LORD do all these things." (Isaiah 45:5-7, 22). God is the author, the creator of "calamity" in this sense. There is a difference between calamity and sin. Sin entered the world as a result of man not God (Romans 5:12).

God tells the Babylonians "there is no God beside me." There is no source of power apart from Him. Thus a true believer in God cannot accept the idea of a supernatural devil or demons.

God: The Creator of Disaster

There are many examples of God bringing "evil" into people's lives:

  • Amos 3:6 says that if there is calamity in a city God has done it.
  • Micah 1:12 says that "disaster came down from the Lord to the gate of Jerusalem".
  • Job recognised that "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away" (Job 1:21). He does not say "The Lord gave and Satan has taken away". Job commented "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" (Job 2:10). Job's friends comforted him over "all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him" (Job 42:11 cp. 19:21; 8:3).

So God is the source of "evil" in the sense of being the ultimate permitter of problems in our lives.

The Orthodox Devil - illogical

"For whom the LORD loves He chastens … If you endure chastening … afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it" (Hebrews 12:6-11). This shows that trials given by God, eventually lead to our spiritual growth.

To say that the devil forces us to sin while at the same time bringing problems which lead to our developing "the peaceable fruit of righteousness", sets the Bible against itself. Here the orthodox idea of the devil runs into problems. For example, the passages which speak of delivering a man to satan "that his spirit may be saved" (1 Corinthians 5:5), or "that they may learn not to blaspheme" (1 Timothy 1:20). If Satan is really a being bent on causing men to sin, why do these passages speak of 'Satan' in a positive light?

The answer: an adversary, a "Satan" or difficulty in life, can often result in positive spiritual effects in a believer's life.

The Origin of Sin

Sin comes from inside us. It is our fault that we sin. Remember, "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23) ~ sin leads to death. If it is the devil's fault that we sin, then a just God ought to punish the devil rather than us. But the fact that we are judged for our own sins shows that we are responsible for our sins.

"There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him …For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders … All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mark 7:15-23).

The idea that there is something sinful outside of us which causes us to sin is incompatible with the teaching of Jesus. From within, out of the heart of man, come all these evil things. James 1:14 tells us how we are tempted: "each one is tempted when he is drawn by his own desires and enticed." We are tempted by our own evil desires; not by anything outside of us. "Where do wars and fights come from among you?" James asks; "Do they not come from your desires for pleasure?" (James 4:1). Each of us has temptation generated by our own evil desires.

Paul Identifies the Source of Sin

Paul laments: "In me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells … For the good that I will to do, I do not do … if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells in me" (Romans 7:18-21). Paul does not blame his sinning on an external being called the devil. He located his own evil nature as the real source of sin: "it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with (i.e. within) me, the one who will to do good" (Romans 7:20-21). So he says that the opposition to being spiritual comes from something that he calls "sin that dwells in me".

The Word 'Satan' in the Bible

1 Kings 11:14 records that "the LORD raised up an adversary (same Hebrew word elsewhere translated "satan") against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite". "And God raised up another adversary (another satan) … Rezon … He was an adversary (a satan) of Israel" (1 Kings 11:23, 25). God stirred up ordinary men not a supernatural being, to be a satan/adversary to Solomon.

Another example: Peter tried to dissuade Jesus from going to Jerusalem to die. Jesus turned and said to Peter "Get behind Me, Satan! … you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men" (Matthew 16:23). Thus Peter was called a satan by Christ.

Even God Himself Can be Called a 'Satan'

Because the word 'satan' just means an adversary, a good person, even God Himself, can be termed a 'satan'. There is nothing necessarily sinful about the word itself. God can be a satan to us by:

  • bringing trials into our lives,
  • or obstructing a wrong course of action we may be embarking on.

But the fact that God can be called a 'satan' does not mean that He Himself is sinful.

The books of Samuel and Chronicles are parallel accounts of the same incidents. 2 Samuel 24:1 records: "the LORD … moved David against them (Israel)" to make him take a census of Israel. The parallel account in 1 Chronicles 21:1 says that "Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David" to take the census. In one passage God does the provoking, in the other Satan does it. Therefore God acted as a 'satan' or adversary to David.

The Word 'Devil' in the Bible

Similarly with the word 'devil'. Jesus said "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spoke of Judas Iscariot …" (John 6:70-71) who was an ordinary, mortal man. The word 'devil' here simply refers to a wicked man.

Another example is found in 1 Timothy 3:11: The wives of church elders were not to be "slanderers"; the original Greek word here is 'diabolos', which is the same word translated 'devil' elsewhere. Thus Paul warns Titus that the aged women in the ecclesia should not be "false accusers" or 'devils' (Titus 2:3).

The words 'devil' and 'satan' do not refer to a fallen Angel or a sinful being outside of us.

Sin, Satan and the Devil

The words 'satan' and 'devil' are used figuratively to describe the natural sinful tendencies within us. These are our main 'satan' or adversary. They are also personified, and as such can be spoken of as 'the devil' - our enemy, a slanderer of the truth. This is what our natural 'man' is like - the very devil.

The connection between the devil and our evil desires - sin within us - is made explicit in several passages: ·

  • "As the children (ourselves) have partaken of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) Himself likewise shared in the same, that through (His) death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil" (Hebrews 2:14). The devil is here described as being responsible for death. But Romans tells us that sin is responsible for death: "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). Therefore sin and the devil must be parallel.
  • Similarly James 1:14 says that our evil desires tempt us, leading us to sin and therefore to death; but Hebrews 2:14 says that the devil brings death. The same verse says that Jesus had our nature in order to destroy the devil.
  • Contrast this with Romans 8:3: "God by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh (that is, in our human nature), …He condemned sin in the flesh." This shows that the devil and the sinful tendencies that are naturally within human nature are effectively the same.

It is vitally important to understand the Jesus was tempted just like us. Misunderstanding the doctrine of the devil means that we cannot correctly appreciate the nature and work of Jesus. It was only because Jesus had our human nature - the 'devil' within him - that we can have the hope of salvation (Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:15). By overcoming the desires of his own nature, the Biblical devil, Jesus was able to destroy the devil on the cross.

If the devil is a personal being, then he should no longer exist.

'Our Sins' = 'the Works of the Devil'

"He who sins is of the devil" (1 John 3:8), because sin is the result of giving way to our own natural, evil desires (James 1:14, 15), which the Bible calls 'the devil'. "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8).

If we are correct in saying that the devil is our evil desires, then the works of our evil desires, i.e. what they result in, are our sins. This is confirmed by 1 John 3:5, "He (Jesus) was manifested to take away our sins". This confirms that "our sins" and "the works of the devil" are the same.

Acts 5:3 provides another example of this connection between the devil and our sins. Peter says to Ananias, "Why has Satan filled your heart?" Then in verse 4, Peter says "Why have you conceived this thing in your heart?" Conceiving something bad within our heart is the same as Satan filling our heart.

Personification

However, the Bible does talk as if the devil is a person! Hebrews 2:14 speaks of "him who had The word "devil" in the Bible used to personify 'Sin'power of death, that is, the devil". The Bible often uses personification - speaking of an abstract idea as if it is a person. Thus Proverbs 9:1 speaks of a woman called 'Wisdom' building a house, and Romans 6:23 likens sin to a paymaster giving wages of death.

Our devil, the 'diabolos', often represents our evil desires. Yet you cannot have abstract diabolism; the evil desires that are in a man's heart cannot exist separately from a man; therefore 'the devil' is personified.

Sin is often personified as a master (eg. Romans 5:21; 6:6, 17; 7:3). It is understandable, therefore, that the 'devil' is also personified, seeing that 'the devil' also refers to sin. In the same way, Paul speaks of us having two beings, as it were, within our flesh (Romans 7:15-21):

  • the man of the flesh, 'the devil',
  • fights with the man of the Spirit.

Yet it is evident that there are not two literal, personal beings fighting within us. This sinful part of our nature is personified as "the evil one" (Matthew 6:13) - the Biblical devil.

The devil is a common figure for our own nature; sin and temptation originate from within. The real arena of spiritual conflict is the human heart.

Practical Implications

If we grasp this, we will battle daily for control of the mind, we will strive to fill our mind with God's word, we will read the Bible daily, we will be cynical of our motivations, we will examine ourselves, we will appreciate the latent liability to sin which we and all men have by nature. We won't take the weakness of others towards us so personally; we will see it is their 'devil'. Belief in a personal devil is so popular, because it takes the focus away from our own struggle with our innermost nature and thoughts.

 

 

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The Offer of Life or Death“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn awaytheir ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”    2 Timothy 4:3-4

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”   John 4:23-24

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